Stalking and Harassment

What is harassment?

Harassment is not specifically defined under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 but is commonly understood to be repeated behaviour which is unreasonable and causes the victim alarm or distress.

Harassment might include such things as:

  • anti-social behaviour
  • bullying at school or in the workplace
  • cyber stalking on the internet
  • sending abusive text messages
  • sending unwanted gifts

What is stalking?

Again, this is not specifically defined in law but is commonly understood to be an aggravated form of harassment where the perpetrator persists with inappropriate and unwanted attention towards the victim such as following them, watching or spying on them, or forcing contact through any means, such as social media.

Stalking is an aggravated form of harassment and includes things like:

  • persistently following someone
  • repeatedly going uninvited to their home
  • monitoring someone’s use of the internet, email or other form of electronic communication
  • loitering somewhere frequented by the person
  • interfering with their property
  • watching or spying on someone
  • identity theft

What is cyberstalking?

Cyberstalking is the term commonly used to describe harassment or stalking that is carried out using electronic devices communications to harass or frighten someone, for example by sending threatening emails.

For further information on stalking and harassment visit:

Live Fear Free Wales – 0808 8010 800 [email protected]

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